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chris phillips -
epic stand alone Alligator devoid of side jams
first rate Grateful Dead right off the bat in '68
I'm convinced this is 1/26/68 - although this is a debate probably that will never be resolved fully - http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2011/03/grateful-dead-tour-itinerary-january.html - scroll down to 1/26, if you're having a deadhead meltdown trying to figure it out. There are a lot of essays in regards to these shows and what dates they should belong to.
ANYWAYS, what we do have here is fantastic - I think I'm partial to the Spanish Jam myself - that first 'feedback' could really be part of the Spanish Jam, as there are hints of the theme throughout. This one sounds as good as we'll get short of a vault cleanup - thanks to CM again - there is a cut in Born Cross-Eyed you'll have to endure.
Intense is the word here, Garcia leading the charge all the way down the line.
Subject: This Is A Really Good Show, But...
This is a really good show. The playing is simply stunning and the set list is impressive. I would recommend this (and do), but beware that the mix is uneven. We lose vocals (usually Jerry's), probably due to the small size of the venue and the mix required to keep things even in the hall. Even so... a great listen!
Subject: Skipin' through the lilly fields
well, I was only four days old at the time of this show, and my Mom didn't let me go-NPC is genius, unreproducable
Subject: pure fire
sickness. dank you charlie! favorite of the 68 great NW tour?
Subject: Absolute Gem
Very little point in picking apart the setlist it's all fantastic but that Alligator is something special. I keep wanting to pick out favourites but I end up with the whole set.
Subject: amazing show
so amazing that we have this gem of history here to listen to, such an early show! the song selection is super, all played well, all running into each other, just an amazing show overall. the dark star is far out and transition to china cat is great. everything here is just so awesome. love the bid you good night closer always.
Subject: best alligator....
defintley one of the best Alligators i have heard. a gem of 68, an exploratory energy laden slice of Grateful Dead history.
Subject: winter '68
not as great as the 20th or 23rd, but this is a nice long early '68 show that aims to please...really dig the Alligator, Crossed eyed>Spanish and China Cat.
Subject: THANK YOU CHARLIE!!!!
A huge thanks to Charlie Miller. I swear I would have had you officiate my wedding, bring my children into this world,and perform any operations I may need. All that you do is GOLD!
Subject: Thank you, Charlie Miller
Who is this Charlie Miller and why does he keep doing such nice things for us? His name on a soundboard is like Owsley's name on a hit of acid. To paraphrase Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: bottled-in-bond, guaranteed. 500 micrograms of superhero in your head! Everyone should send Charlie Miller money.
This show is utterly ridiculous. Every song has standout playing. The vocals are a bit low on the Dark Star, but that's the only thing you could pick. Everything else will leave you stupefied.
Listening to this show makes you wonder if you'll ever leave the 60's again. 1/22/68 makes a compelling argument. It has everything you need.
Peace is free.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Another treasure from the Pacific Northwest
Though Phil remains low in the mix, this is without doubt a dramatic upgrade sonically.
What else can you say? Another amazing suite of jazz-infused mind-stealing jamming. This incredible Spanish Jam sounds like it could be the theme to a Sergio Leone western. (100 pts)
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" January 22, 1968 at the Eagles Auditorium,Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
#############__SMOKIN' HOT 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD Show.
This is a "MUST HAVE" Show. I highly recommend adding this show to your collection of 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD.
"ALLIGATOR" is incredible. You have to have it. "AlLIGATOR"!!!! The two "Feedbacks" here are awsome. Classic 1968 sound!
Wonderful performances from the Album "ANTHEM OF THE SUN".
Charlie Miller did it again. Click on his name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
Remember to also click on the "Deadlists Project" and collect the posters and ticket stubs that sometimes appear for each show.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
Subject: Another Miller Diamond
Whatever we did to deserve the results of Sir Charlie "The Most Excellent" Miller's efforts, I hope we keep it up.
This is very tasty and why I like '68. Gator is visceral. IMO one of the best versions of Born Cross-Eyed out there.
And what can you say about Spanish Jam to the end?? It's like riding a surfboard down an avalanche.